ERIC Number: ED403348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
What Affirmative Action? Where Are the Minority Educators in the Metropolitan Chicago Schools?
Teacher employment patterns in metropolitan Chicago (Illinois) were studied using data from the Illinois State Board of Education. Findings show no signs of affirmative action in many of the region's rapidly growing school systems. In many of the metropolitan area's districts, there is a persistence of segregated employment patterns and the exclusion of minority professionals. A review of hiring patterns in the districts around the city show that no progress is being made in improving minority representation on faculties. Since 1980, suburban minority enrollment has grown to 24.5% of the total, but the minority teaching force has risen only 0.6% to 5.8%. The Chicago suburbs employ nearly 64% of the region's teachers but only 16% of the black teachers. Although 1 in 12 suburban students is Hispanic, only 1 in 100 suburban teachers is Latino. Almost 1 in 12 suburban students is Asian, only 1 of 1,100 principals is from an Asian background. The residential segregation of the area means that few minority teachers are likely to be living in the suburban districts. Nevertheless, residential patterns are more dependent on job opportunities than they are responsible for them. Suburban Chicago schools should make the extra effort necessary to attract and hire minority teachers. Appendixes present tables on enrollment, staffing by county, and suburban staffing by districts. (Contains eight figures, three appendix tables, and six references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Enrollment, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Inner City, Minority Group Teachers, Neighborhood Integration, Racial Composition, School Segregation, Suburban Schools, Teacher Supply and Demand, Urban Areas, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Latino Inst., Chicago, IL.; Chicago Urban League, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois